Definitions for apprehensiveˌæp rɪˈhɛn sɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ap•pre•hen•siveˌæp rɪˈhɛn sɪv(adj.)

  1. uneasy or fearful about something that might happen.

  2. quick to learn or understand.

  3. perceptive; discerning.

Origin of apprehensive:

1350–1400; ME < ML


Princeton's WordNet

  1. apprehensive, discerning(adj)

    quick to understand

    "a kind and apprehensive friend"- Nathaniel Hawthorne

  2. apprehensive, worried(adj)

    mentally upset over possible misfortune or danger etc

    "apprehensive about her job"; "not used to a city and worried about small things"; "felt apprehensive about the consequences"

  3. apprehensive(adj)

    in fear or dread of possible evil or harm

    "apprehensive for one's life"; "apprehensive of danger"


  1. apprehensive(Adjective)

    Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.

  2. apprehensive(Adjective)

    Perceptive; quick to learn; intelligent; capable of grasping with the mind or intellect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apprehensive(adj)

    capable of apprehending, or quick to do so; apt; discerning

  2. Apprehensive(adj)

    knowing; conscious; cognizant

  3. Apprehensive(adj)

    relating to the faculty of apprehension

  4. Apprehensive(adj)

    anticipative of something unfavorable' fearful of what may be coming; in dread of possible harm; in expectation of evil

  5. Apprehensive(adj)

    sensible; feeling; perceptive

Translations for apprehensive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


anxious; worried

an apprehensive expression.

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